This is out of character (some), but I AM a "Flying Squirrel" for a reason. A little intersection of my outdoors, space and aeronautical interests sometimes just lets me sit back and appreciate engineering and, in this case, precision teamwork. Thanks to my lovely wife for the photos!! Taken at the Pax Air Expo, NAS…Read more Blue Angels
Earlier in the week, I referred to an effort to find the dwarf planet Ceres, while carefully sharing a photo of Orion to disguise the fact that "finding" Ceres meant little more than identifying one dot of many as a rocky planet, and not a star like the rest of them. For me, "discovery" meant…Read more Discovering New Worlds (Astronomy: Week of 2/10/18)
Tonight was nice and clear - so I went out to hunt for the dwarf planet, Ceres. I was inspired to look by Telescope Paul, who spotted it last week. I pretty much used the same star-hopping technique he did, but Ceres is moving, and sits a little higher, a little closer to Gemini than…Read more Starry Night
A look back on the posted photos of January, 2018.
Trees in the forest are in constant competition with each other, growing higher, spreading farther, to catch more sunlight than their neighbors. Different species have adapted to different conditions, and the resulting variety of shapes and types is easily overlooked. They've all found a way to live together. This is posted in response to the…Read more Variety Underfoot
A year ago, I stumbled eagerly (and ignorantly) into this whole existence I call "Flying Squirrel Outdoors". My mission had nothing to do with blogging, or a social media presence - it was (and is) really about the observation that we are increasingly turning inwards toward things of our own creation. These things are, themselves,…Read more One Year in the Blogosphere – Lessons, Trials, and Tribulations of a Social Media Noob
I took so much time off around the holidays, the photo list is a little light this month, but in case you missed them, here they are! I'm planning on doing something a little different with photos in 2018, we'll see how that works out. Happy New Year, everybody!!
This week's photo challenge suggests we look back on images of 2017 - of course it IS coming up on New Year's Eve, and that's what we do, right? As I looked back, I realized just how many birds were "shot" this year... so rather than picking a favorite, I'm sharing a wide selection of…Read more Birds of 2017
It's been a busy week, and I blame my kids. Every night, I've got something going on that revolves around THEIR social life, up to and including tonight, where I have to go see "The Last Jedi" - and I would totally not be doing that if it weren't for them (OK, complete sarcasm here,…Read more First Snow
As is customary, here is a quick recap on the photos I've posted on Instagram this month. Enjoy!
On the constantly changing Atlantic shore, nothing is constant. The dunes erode, the land shifts - but nothing is quite so temporary as the structures we build here. This pier, held up by a haphazard forest of pilings, is still fighting an angry sea... for now. Photo Credit - Lynn Abbott This photo is published…Read more Survived Another Season
I publish photos almost every day - but they go primarily to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter... and not typically here as "posts". So in case you missed them, here's the recap of all the featured photos from October.
Trees that grow high on mountainsides live a rough life. Constantly battered by wind, rain, snow and ice, they are stunted in height, bent, and broken. This log bears silent testimony to endurance, and the adage that sometimes you have to bend if you don't want to break. Photo Credit - Lynn Abbott This post…Read more Gnarled and Twisted
Our most important tool - fire enabled us to shape the land, to improve our food, to power a growing society. For all that, it's also a source of comfort, light and warmth, and it's hypnotic. Many bonds have been strengthened between people sitting around a campfire staring into the embers, much as our ancestors…Read more Primal
Last week, I issued a challenge to myself and others to try and capture a photo of the Double Cluster, in the constellation Perseus, and near Cassiopeia in one of the dimmer stretches of the Milky Way. And then, it rained for a week. Now that the rain has ended, and the skies have cleared,…Read more Double Cluster (NGC 869, NGC 884)